Brown Drops 30, Celtics Take 2-0 Series Lead With, 120-106, Win Over Bucks
Jaylen Brown’s new playoff career-high 30 points propelled the Boston Celtics to 120-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night in game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
With the win, the Celts now hold a two-game series lead after a dominating win in game 2 after Terry Rozier III scored eight of the C’s 14 overtime points, sealing a win on Sunday afternoon in Boston.
The Celtics got it going five minutes in and rode a 22-11 run through the end of the first to take a 33-22 lead over the Bucks.
Al Horford grabs the loose ball and takes it all the way for the slam! pic.twitter.com/Gu71OysPEH— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 18, 2018
You knew it was going to be a good night for the C’s when Aron Baynes nailed his first basket of the playoffs just 4:21 into the second.
Boston buckled down on the defensive end of the floor, while taking full advantage of the Milwaukee’s lack of ball control in the first half.
After 10 Bucks’ turnovers and 30 combined points from Brown and Rozier III, the Celtics held a 60-51 lead heading into halftime.
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Brown set his new playoff career-high with more than six minutes to play in the third.
The Celtics kept the points flowing as they ‘d take what was their largest lead at the time (14) with less than four minutes left in the third.
With time expiring, Shane Larkin nailed a running buzzer-beating three to put the Celtics up 90-75 to start the fourth.
It’s crazy to think that after shooting 60 percent from the field through three quarters, the Bucks still trailed the C’s by 15. But it’s not like the Celtics weren’t shooting all that bad either, with a smooth 50 percent through three quarters.
The Bucks made a push with 5:28 left in the game with an 8-1 run to cut the C’a lead to 104-91. But it wasn’t enough.
Especially with both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton struggling from the line, missing eight of their thirteen free throw attempts in the game. And it didn’t help the Bucks’ case with Antetokounmpo missing his and-one attempt late in the fourth, which could’ve made it a three-possession game.
Rozier would take over “as usual” and bury a late fourth quarter three to give the Celts a 15-point lead with just over three minutes to play.
But that didn’t stop Al Horford from pulling up on their next possession and knocking down his only three-point attempt of the night with 3:03 left in the game.
And then of course on their next possession, Brown buries another three to increase the C’s lead to 19 points.
After leading by as much as 20 in the game, the Celtics would finish off the Bucks, 120-106, before heading to Milwaukee for game three on Friday night.
Brown finished the night with a playoff career-high 30 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field, plus five rebounds and an assist.
Via @EliasSports, Jaylen Brown is now the youngest player in Celtics franchise history to score 30+ points in a playoff game (Tom Heinsohn – 22 years, 209 days)— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) April 18, 2018
But Brown wasn’t the only one setting career-highs. Larkin dropped 11 points, setting his career-high with a double-digit effort. Rozier went off for 23 points, three rebounds, eight assists and a steal.
Get ready for this stat of the night courtesy of Sean Grande: Rozier has yet to commit a turnover through 78 minutes on the floor.
And following the game Bucks’ guard Eric Bledsoe had this to say to reporters:
Reporter: Terry Rozier hasn’t committed a turnover in 78 min. How personally do you take that matchup?— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) April 18, 2018
Eric Bledsoe: Who?
Reporter: Terry Rozier.
Bledsoe: I don’t know who the f*** that is.
Horford filled the stat sheet with 16 points (7-11 FG), five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Celtics bench combined for 41 points, with Morris hustling his way to a bench-leading 18 points (3-6 3PT) and five boards.
Antetokounmpo led all Bucks scorers with 30 points (13-17 FG), nine rebounds, and eight assists, plus a block and a steal.
Middleton wasn’t far behind with 25 points on 66.6 percent shooting from three.
The Bucks finished the night shooting an impressive 59.7 percent from the field, with the Celtics knocking down 53.3 percent of their attempts.
The Celtics win Game 2 despite allowing 59.7% shooting.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 18, 2018
They had lost 21 straight when giving up 59% shooting over the last 23 years.
The last time they did it? Against the Shaq/Penny Magic in 1995.
So, yeah, that. https://t.co/RAFmnrQ0uO
Friday night’s game will mark the C’s first playoff game in Milwaukee in more than three decades.
In other news, there were a few Super Bowl winning New England Patriots on hand for the game 2 matchup. Julian Edelman was seen sitting with James White and his wife Diana.
And then we have Patriots owner Robert Kraft getting loud for the Celts with his lady friend Ricki Noel Lander.
RKK loving some Big Shot Larkin. pic.twitter.com/2mgnOXj6XX— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) April 18, 2018
UP NEXT: The Celtics (55-27/2-0) continue their first round action as they head to Milwaukee on Friday night to take on the Bucks (44-38/0-2) in game three of the NBA Playoffs. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 9:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 9:30 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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